Question from Steve Rosenblum: To the commentariat: what are your favorite Fuji lenses and why? I'm thinking about changing to Fuji.
Adam Lanigan: "I've got the 23mm, 35mm, and 56mm...all are truly outstanding and special in their own way. I use the 23mm and 35mm much more often than the 56mm, simply because of what and how I shoot, but the 56mm is a jawdropper—such a great, almost liquid quality to it, if that makes sense.
"If I had to choose one (and it would be a tough choice), it would probably be the 23mm (35mm-e). It's a wonderful mate with the X-T1—just the right combination of size and weight to balance well with the body; nice and solid metal construction; lovely clutch focus mechanism; and I'm in love with having aperture rings again, which is common to all the XF/R lenses. The images have such a wonderful clarity. I'll limit my blabbering to that, but the others are fantastic as well; if you like those lengths you can't go wrong. (Also consider the brand new 35mm ƒ/2 if 50 mm-e interests you, but I haven't used it.)
"Looks like the X-Pro2 is going to be announced in mid-January according to most recent rumors (accidentally corroborated by Magnum of all entities), so if you're a fan of rangefinder-style bodies or OVFs, you may want to hold on for that (or get a killer deal on an X-Pro1 or X-E2 via Mike's links). That said, I absolutely adore my X-T1—to an extent that I have not been able to honestly say of any digital imaging device to date."
Mike Johnston: "I've only shot with three Fuji lenses so far: the 23mm, the 14mm, and the 35mm ƒ/1.4. The last-named belongs to a deceased friend and I have not used it enough to get to know it. (The cross and crescent picture I posted here a while back was taken with it.) The 23mm is the basic lens in the system for me, and it's perfect—great size, weight, and balance on the cameras (I've tried it on the X-T1 and the X-Pro1), great control set (easy to switch from manual to AF, physical aperture ring, solid build), great speed, and fine but neutral performance without quirks. I still think in terms of "normal, wide, and tele" as a basic lens set, and the 23mm is the middle, most-used focal length for me.
"I've written elsewhere about how much I like the 14mm and what a surprise that has been for me. (Purchased on the endorsement of Fuji aficionado and TOP reader Stephen Scharf.) Fuji complicates recommendations with the existence of the 16mm ƒ/1.4, and I can't say which one you should get. I'm personally enamored of the 14mm and am happy I bought it even though it has meant putting off the purchase of the 56mm."
Keith B: "(All lenses mentioned in the following I have owned and used on their native cameras.) I have the Fuji 14mm /2.8 and the 23mm ƒ/1.4. The 14mm is like the Zeiss 21mm ƒ/2.8 for 24x36, except it has no distortion and costs half as much. The 23mm is like the Nikon AF-S 35mm ƒ/1.4G, except it is higher resolution, has no distortion, and costs just over half as much."
David Aspinall: "I would love to say my 14mm, 35mm, 56mm or 10–24mm, but the lens used most from portraits to landscape is my 55–200mm and, having used red dot, Nikon and Zeiss glass for years, the quality from this lens both shocks me and puts a smile on my face."
Craig: "The 14mm and 23mm are truly outstanding lenses. I haven't tried the 35mm (I assume the answers refer to the ƒ/1.4 lens, not the new ƒ/2 model). I also have the 60mm macro, which is also really fine. We should not forget the 18–55mm ƒ/2.8–4 kit lens, either. It's remarkably good for a kit zoom, and you get a really good deal on it when you buy it together with a camera. Some people, if they give this lens a chance, may find it's all they really need. Another lens that is tempting me at the moment is the Samyang/Rokinon 8mm fisheye. I enjoy the gracefully warped perspective of fisheye lenses and I've missed one since I've been spending nearly all my shooting time with my XE-1."
Mike adds: That Rokinon is currently on sale at B&H Photo.
Kirk W.: "I had been dreaming of a digital Pentax LX for years when the Fuji X system was announced. I typically lag with technology but I pre-ordered the X-Pro1 with 18mm and 35mm lenses. I still get a smile on my face every time I shoot with it, despite some of the well-documented quirks. The 18mm is fine but I could just about go OCOLOY with the 35mm (as long as it isn't considered cheating to use the panorama mode occasionally). Everything I shoot with that lens just seems to turn out great, regardless of subject matter. I've rented the 56mm for shooting a friend's wedding and really liked that lens as well. I've been tempted by the 14mm since it came out but for some reason, the thought of packing a bunch of lenses around seems to defeat the purpose of the system. I find myself talking my way into picking up an X100T as I write this...."
Sal Santamaura: "Without question, the 420mm ƒ/8 Fujinon L I use on my 8x10 Phillips Compact II. :-) A close second is my 250mm ƒ/6.7 Fujinon W for the same camera."
Mike replies: Sal keeps the faith!
Stan B.: "After using a 20mm Nikkor for decades, I was taken aback by the corner to corner sharpness (and lack of distortion) on the Fuji 14mm—truly remarkable. Only negative is its profile—it sticks out like a short tele, unlike the Nikkor."
William: "Of course the 'new hasn't worn off,' but my current favorite is the 35mm ƒ/2 WR. Everything about it is just right. To be complete the frame edges are not as crisp as the center region (which is sharp even at ƒ/2) and the coma could be lower. I sold my 35mm ƒ/1.4 Fujinon without regret. The 23mm ƒ/2 on the X100S/T bodies is my second favorite. The lens coating is improved from the X100 version. The reduced flare and ghosting is welcome. It is a quirky design as the optics are not appropriate for close up at apertures wider than ƒ/4. Otherwise it gets the job done. I simply like how this lens renders. I enjoy both pancake lenses (27mm ƒ/2.8 and 18mm ƒ/2). The 56mm ƒ/1.2 is great for candids during events."
John Krill: "I guess I'm the contrarian here in that I purchased the 27mm ƒ/2.8 pancake lens. I've really enjoyed it. It's wide enough for 95% of the situations I've ended up in. In close in a crowd I can't shoot the way I'm used to so I changed my method of shooting. Yes I will probably get the 23mm in the future but for now I'm having too much fun with the 27mm. Thanksgiving and a crowed living room should be a real test of the 27mm and the X-Pro1. Enjoy your Thanksgiving everyone!"
Curt Gerston: "I have several of the Fuji X lenses, zoom and prime. The only one I haven't liked and wouldn't recommend is the 18–135mm. The one I love love love the most is the 56mm ƒ/1.2. I can't get enough of that lens."
Andy Munro: "I love joining these posts. My current lenses are 14mm ƒ/2.8, 23mm ƒ/1.4 and the 56mm ƒ/1.2. Love them all but the 56mm is just lovely. Portraits are beautiful. I like the way they all have aperture rings and those push/pull MF rings. Tempted by the 90mm ƒ/2 but it's going to have to wait until I can afford it."
Gordon Cahill: "Do Fuji make a less than excellent lens? Maybe the 18–55mm which I really didn't like in my first try with Fuji. Of the current lenses I really really like two. The 56mm 1.2 APD and the 50–140mm, which is the best medium tele zoom I've ever used. It's good enough that the 90mm ƒ/2 I bought mostly just sits in the bag, and it's known to be fabulous as well. The 56mm is astounding. I try to find ways to use it. It's wickedly sharp but somehow not clinical. It's nice to your subject. I've been through many 85mm equivalents (including the Canon 85mmL, a Zeiss or two, the Sony/Zeiss, and a couple of Leica 90s) and I think this is my favourite of all of them (the Sony is a close second). In my chat with Fuji a couple of weeks ago they may have let slip about an ultra fast prime coming. So in a couple of months my answer might be different."
Eric Erickson (partial comment): "My favorite Fuji lens is the 10–24 ƒ/4. It is an incredible lens, solidly built and tack sharp. I would recommend this lens to any Fuji shooter. I just bought the new 35 ƒ/2 lens for my X-T1 and I think I will really like the lens. I did read that we need to have the most current firmware on the camera for it to work properly."